Articles about Informed Decision Making

Finding your childbirth educator

How to use the listings of Childbirth Educators on this website The childbirth educators listings are divided into provinces They are highlighted under which area they teach – areas appear in alphabetical order On the map you can access their location

A to Z of topics at Childbirth Education Classes

“Birth is a day you will never forget. A day that will transform you, your baby and your family. I have had the opportunity to be with women and men to celebrate their greatest joys. I have had the honour of watching women being born as mothers, men be

Choosing your childbirth educator

A childbirth educator is a professional who you can trust to give you a balanced view on the reality of pregnancy and labour. Her teaching philosophy should be “freedom of choice based on the knowledge of alternatives” – telling you the facts, pros and

Essential childbirth Edu-Tainment

It is a funny phrase in a way – but so apt – “You don’t know what you don’t know”. Many pregnant moms and dads are missing out on essential information that is vital in order to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and parenting experie

Caesarean facts and figures

Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary A News release in April 2015 by the World Health Organisation said that caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly

What mums need to know about thyroid disease

With regular vaccinations, baby weigh-ins, the sleepless nights and constant feedings, mums the world over would agree that they have enough on their plate. However, many South African parents remain unaware of thyroid disease and its impact on their l

Guidelines for Safe Nursery Equipment

By CAPFSA (Child accident prevention foundation of SA)   From the beginning of a child’s life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. A safe surrounding for nursery furniture is just as important as the safe design of

Why burden babies with chemicals?

Pregnancy is often a time during which a great deal of care is taken to ensure that the health of the developing child is fully considered. Most expectant mothers stop drinking alcohol (or smoking), look at optimum supplementation and spend more time r

Safety of a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC)

By Barbara Hanrahan – Nursing sister and midwife, masters in midwifery, SA certified perinatal course developer Do you know you can have a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean birth? (VBAC)? Research has proven that this is possible – with about an

Seeding your baby with a healthy mircrobiome

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Hettie Grove – Nursing sister, advanced midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator, internationally certified lactation consultant, SA certified perinatal educator, SA certified lactati